Two seniors from Australia spent three months (Feb-May) delighting in the view, location and warmth of this lovely house. Just 200 metres from the steps into town and most restaurants, the balcony and master bedrooms face the divine valley views, with the best medieval buildings ranged along the left. Hours spent looking at this were not enough. The bird calls provide your background music.
The house comprises, upstairs, a large master bedroom (KS bed) with dressing room, ample storage and hanging spaces, satellite TV and sitting room. Two other bedrooms (QS and 2 x singles) are also upstairs but we used them only for hanging our surplus. They are all served by a small bathroom with shower, basin, loo, washing machine and ample storage and supplies.
Down the stairs, which are as steep as all old French houses, are two other rooms and a second bathroom with shower, basin, loo and storage. The lounge-room is huge and contains three couches, one of which is a fold down double bed. This room could be used as bedroom too. The other room is for dining (seats 6), sitting (seats 2) and open plan kitchen. The balcony (seats 4) opens from here. It is here you spend most of your days in cosy warmth.
The kitchen is small, ideal for one cook, but the electric oven/stove (ceramic top), small bar fridge, toaster, kettle, accessories are practical and plentiful. A second full size fridge is available in the entry hall a few steps away. There are enough dinner and cutlery services to host banquets, and enough chairs to find a seat too.
To say the house is well-stocked is an understatement. The supplies are generous beyond your needs. All appliances work. All instructions are available. The House Book is excellent.
Heating is electric and endless. All rooms are well and generously heated on demand. Hot water is served from a tank in the bathroom.
Parking is in the street outside or along a bit in marked spaces undercover.
From the front door, steps lead to the rear garden where a terrace, seating, BBQ and washing line are useful. We did not use these given the time of year.
In Belves, a place we love with all our hearts, is an indisputable welcome for visitors. See the Tourist Office first then explore Belves on foot and enjoy the Saturday market, the enchanting main street shops, the 2-3 pizza places, the 2-3 restaurants and the Troglodytique Cave Tour. From here, all the Dordogne is accessible with its fabulous chateaux, markets, towns, shops, walks, rivers, wineries and food choices. Three months was not enough even to see the A-List. It is Perigord paradise.
In summary, if you seek five star accommodation and ultra-modern conveniences, this house is not for you. It is not “slick”; you are in rural France after all! If you seek warmth, comfort, privacy, quiet, heart-stopping beauty and a great location with all fundamental living needs met, this house will easily satisfy.